Our blog is to keep family and friends informed of our motorhome journeys.
We have dreamed of this for many years and finally our dream has come true.
We are looking forward to many happy miles ahead.
One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things. Henry Miller.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Journey Back to Oregon

01 July 2018

Back in the land of limited recycling. Many of the campgrounds don't recycle including military bases. Must commend Canada for their strict and diligent recycling program. Even food scraps. They take pride in the environment and pride of ownership and culture.

After departing Oak Haven in Wales, MA on 16 June we drove the 300 miles to Sodus Point, NY and South Haven Campground on Lake Ontario. This was our 2nd visit. Owners very nice and I remembered the puzzle picture in office. Did forget they do not have a laundry so will carry it to Huron River Valley. We are only here for 2 nights.

Lake Ontario,NY

South Shore Campground-Sodus Point,NY

Puzzle in Campground Office


18 June we arrived at Huron River Valley in Huron OH 348 miles for 1 night. Did the laundry and walked around campground.

19 June we departed for Joliet IL 300 miles and 1 night at Hollywood Casino RV Park. Nice Campground with laundry and easy walk to casino. Had dinner in Cafe. Free breakfast is offered in Hotel next to campground which we did before departing. Sites have water and electric and dump station.

20 June we arrived at Timberline RV park in Waukee, IA just outside Des Moines. A beautiful setting and quiet. The resident dogs greeted us and of course had to get petting and lovin. They are so calm and sweet. Wish we had longer here. Only saw 1 deer. Would definitely recommend this place..a hidden jewel.

Nice Site

View from Site

Bought 2 Bottles of Local Wine

Another Greeter

Friendly Greeters


21 June we arrived at Offutt AFB recreation campground after stopping at commissary for some needed groceries. We will be here 2 nights. Our last visit was in 2010. Nice campground on the lake. This date should have been our first night in Newfoundland.


View of Lake
Offutt AFB RV Park


23 June we stayed at Holiday RV in North Platte,NE. Nice campground and staff..convenient off IH 80.

24 June we arrived at F E Warren AFB in Cheyenne for a 1 night stay. This was our 2nd visit since 2009. There are lots of Pronghorn on base and appears many babies born this spring. Interesting to watch the momma and daddy watch over the young ones. Today is John's 81st and he spent day after long drive doing some work on battery cable. We then took walk around the historic part of the base just up the hill. Got some more pronghorn pictures. Early departure tomorrow for 400 mile trip to our next campground Holiday Park just off IH 80 and IH 84.

Large Tree in Campgr

I'll Pose for You

Just Prancing by

Watching the Young

Warren RV Park-#8


26 June we left around 700AM for another 400 mile day to Caldwell ID at Ambassador RV Park off IH84 near OR hwy 20 our route into Oregon..a 300 mile trip.This is a real nice, maintained, organized, great pull thru sites with gravel. Campground is very neat and not cluttered. Very nice clubroom,pool and laundry. Would highly recommend this park. Has easy access at exit 29 on IH84. There is also a flying J with RV islands and great wash which we had them do for $40. Motorhome was absolutely filthy and an embarrassment to park for the night. Wish more parks for a small fee let you wash your RV. Black flies are in abundance and every stop, John has to wash the front.

Ambassador RV Park-#D124


It will be so good to see Hope, Shawn and the grandsons.





Friday, June 15, 2018

CAT from Yarmouth NS to Portland ME

15 June 2018

Awoke early for the arrival at CAT for 830AM departure from Yarmouth NS to Portland ME. Got there at 700AM. Since we were in a motorhome, we were boarded last. Not a full ship. There are 3 cafes and ample seating. Staff is very accommodating and helpful. Had breakfast and settled in the middle area for less motion. First part of trip which is 5 1/2 hrs was motion iffy. Got a bottle of ginger ale and several packets of cracker. Only ate part of my breakfast cibatta and gave John the rest. Thanks, Carolyn, for cotton suggestion in ear..think it helped. As it goes, if you are right handed put cotton in left ear and vice versa. As the trip progressed, ride was less motion. Had homemake chicken noodle soup for lunch.

Ca

Imagine Backing Down This

Boarding the CAT

Middle Lounge Area

John

Feeling Better

Forward Area

Wake

Pilot Boat


There is a nice gift shop onboard and movies are shown. Downside is no Wi-Fi. If you are towing, you must book tow as separate vehicle. The reason for this is..oneway on oneway off. This was highlight of John's day when we arrived in Portland to find unlike other ferries we have taken, you back off ..took some 3 staff to guide him and make modifications. At least it was straight backup. Wonder how this will go in Yarmouth as it involves turns. Also, when we got to campground,noticed since we were the last on, the motorhome was covered in sea salt. Still would recommend this as a way to get to Nova Scotia if you don't want to do the longer drive.

Some nice scenes arriving into Portland.





Portland




Fort Scammel

Fort Gorges

Portland Light

Harbor


I've said it before and will say it again,if we never see MA again it will be too soon. Traffic in both directions is a stop and go nightmare. It took us over 4 hours to drive to campground which was only 160 miles.Makes no difference which route you take.

Camper's Haven in Wales, MA just south of IH90 is a very nice campground and the owners are very friendly and helpful. They let us wash down the motorhome because of the salt. Only here1 night.

Long drive tomorrow..300 miles to Sodus Point NY..we were last there in 2016. Very nice and scenic on Lake Ontario.

Not to Be--Trip back to Oregon

13 June 2018

Well when we awoke this morning we decided that Newfoundland was not to be as we would have to rent cars for two months and some of the areas did not offer rental cars. Renting cars would be a much added expense. This was a huge disappointment as we had been looking forward to touring the area. This would have been our 10th Province to tour.

So we drove into Digby on the way to Yarmouth and asked them to send the Malibu to a junkyard. Thanked them for all their hard work in trying to get it ready for travel. Spent most of day cancelling all our campground  and ferry reservations.
Changed the CAT from Yarmouth to Portland ME for the 15th and started working on our route and stops back to Oregon.

Our return schedule:

 15 June..CAT to Portland ME..830AM departure..arrive Portland ME 130PM..1 night Camper's Haven..Wales,MA

 16 & 17 June..South Shore RV..Sodus Point,NY

 18 June..Huron River Valley RV..Huron, OH

 19 June.Hollywood Casino...Joliet IL

 20 June..Timberline RV..Waukee,IA

 21 June..Offutt AFB..Omaha, NE

 23 June..Holiday RV..North Platte NE

 24 June..Warren AFB..Cheyenne,WY

 25 June..Holiday Hills RV..Coalville,UT

26 June..Ambassador RV Park..Caldwell,ID

 27 June..Arrive Hope's

It will be a rushed trip with 1 and 2 night stops along the way traveling IH80 to IH84 and Hwy 20 to Redmond.

Tonight and tomorrow night staying in Yarmouth at Camper's Haven about a 5 minute drive to the CAT. The CAT is a 5 hr trip.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Last Days at Campground

11 June 2018

Today we drove out to Victoria Beach, a short drive through Granville Ferry. This area sits across from Annapolis Royal and Digby on the Annapolis River with view of Bay of Fundy at the end. Passed a lighthouse and Halifax Pony Express Plaque enroute.

Halifax Pony Express Plaque

Lighthouse
Ferry from St John to Digby

Home in Granville Ferry


Returning back, snapped some photos of homes in Annapolis Royale and Dunromin Campground.














This is a very nice campground with a very friendly and accommodating staff. The Stone Horse Cafe provided delicious food and John had the "Monster Burger" for lunch one day and 2 days we enjoyed breakfast. Thanks staff for a wonderful stay.

Monster Burger


We are on the road again the 13th spending one night at Scotia Pines RV in Truro NS on our way to bras d'or near Sydney and the ferry to Argentia NL.

Note about car: returned rental today and Keith with Enterprise brought us back to campground. Seems strange being without a car. Anyway left the Malibu with Chevrolet and they will keep us posted on progress. Will stop back on our return on the 15th enroute to Yarmouth for the Ferry to Portland, Me.